How does my child schedule an appointment with the school physician?
The school physician is on campus weekly for in-clinic visits for our boarding students and any day students who require concussion clearance to return to athletic play. The nursing staff will determine if a student requires further assessment from our physician and an appointment will be scheduled. The school physician treats students on a fee-for-service basis and these services are billed to the students’ health insurance. If your insurance is part of an HMO or another group that requires referrals, you will be required to obtain an insurance referral from your child’s primary care physician. If your child should need medical attention outside of the in-clinic hours here on campus, the Health Center will arrange to have your child transported to the Children’s Hospital Boston offices to see our physician in their office, or other facilities such as urgent care centers or the local hospital emergency department as needed.
What if my child takes a prescription medication while at school?
Boarding students taking prescription medication must bring their prescriptions to the Health Center for review by the nursing staff. Some prescriptions are safe for students to keep in the dorm and self-administer, and others must be kept in the Health Center for administration by a nurse. We ask that students only keep a limited amount of over-the-counter medications in their rooms. We prefer students to obtain over-the-counter medications (i.e., Tylenol or Ibuprofen) from the Health Center.
What is the medication policy?
Boarding students taking prescription medication must bring their prescriptions to the Health & Counseling Center for review by the nursing staff. Some prescriptions are safe for students to keep in the dorm and self administer, and others must be kept in the Health Center for administration by a nurse. We ask that students only keep a limited amount of over-the-counter medications in their rooms. We prefer students to obtain over the counter medications (i.e., Tylenol or Ibuprofen) from the Health Center.
Psychotropic Medication (mind-altering, stimulants and anti-depressants, anti-anxiety)
It is recommended that boarding students taking psychotropic medications be prescribed by the School’s consulting psychiatrist (at the parents’ expense) and these medications must be dispensed through the Health Center daily. Boarding students taking psychotropic medication must also meet regularly with a counselor in the Counseling Center. All psychotropic medications must be stored in the Health Center. Students are never allowed to keep any psychotropic medications in their dorm. If a student is going to be off campus and the Health Center has been properly notified by a staff member from the dorm, the nursing staff will provide the student with packaged doses. If a student is already taking a psychotropic medication upon arrival at Milton, our school psychiatrist will then become the students’ prescriber of these medications, unless arrangements are made by the parents for their student to continue services with their outside prescriber and a medication refill plan is established between the nursing staff and the parents.
International students may not keep unlabeled packets of medication in their rooms. If students arrive with pre-packaged medication, the medication must be properly labeled in English so that the nursing staff can easily identify the contents.
How does a day student get dismissed home sick during the school day?
If a day student falls ill during the school day, they should come to the Health Center or the AMC Nursing Office to be evaluated by the nurse and the nurse will release the student to the parent. In the case that the student has their personal vehicle on campus, the nurse will need to speak directly to the student’s parent before releasing the student to go home.
What if my child requires a prescription medication for an illness?
The Health Center will take care of filling prescription medications prescribed by our school physician for all boarding students. The student’s IA account will be charged for the co-pay. In order for the Pharmacy to fill these prescriptions we must provide them with the pharmacy codes from your insurance card. It is imperative that you provide the Health Center with your Rx Bin #, your PCN number and your RxGroup #. If the Health Center is not provided with accurate information the pharmacy will charge full price for the medication and this cost will subsequently be charged to your child’s IA account.
What is the policy on my child returning to athletic play after sustaining a concussion?
All boarding students who sustain a concussion will be seen by the school physician for clearance. All in-season day students who sustain a concussion will also be required to be seen by the school physician for clearance. If your health insurance requires a referral to see a physician, other than the students’ primary care provider, it is the responsibility of the parent to obtain a referral from the students’ primary care provider for this appointment.